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What does a pulmonologist do?

A pulmonologist deals with diseases of the lower respiratory tract and lungs.

In case of what problems should we consult a pulmonologist?

  • persistent or prolonged cough
  • difficulty breathing at rest or on exercise of unknown origin,
  • persistent airway secretions,
  • breathing pain
  • persistent cough, shortness of breath after inhalation of an irritant,
  • worsening shortness of breath with known heart disease
  • smoking-related respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath)
  • unsuccessful smoking cessation

Where can I get this medical specialty?

Common pulmonological problems, examinations

Investigation of the following diseases is the responsibility of the pulmonologist:

  • respiratory allergies,
  • asthma
  • pneumonia
  • inflammation with persistent airway narrowing (COPD)
  • pulmonary fibrosis, diagnosis of lung cancer
  • respiratory symptoms of reflux disease

Depending on the nature of the symptoms, an internal doctor, cardiologist, otolaryngologist or gastroenterologist may be required for a complete examination of the symptoms.


Respiratory function test (spirometry) is a routine test in the diagnosis and follow-up of lung diseases. The test is completely painless and requires no preparation. Suitable for examining lung performance, shows whether and to what extent there is a possible decrease in lung function.

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